Laboratory Door Signs:
The Boston Fire Department regulations require the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 Diamond to be posted on all laboratory doors. This sign shall be accurate and identify all hazards located in the laboratory.
NFPA Hazard Rating System
Northeastern University’s laboratory doors are posted with emergency information to warn occupants and The Boston Fire Department personnel of the presence and identification of hazardous materials inside each laboratory. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a system for indicating the health, flammability, reactivity and special hazards for many common chemicals through use of the NFPA 704 Diamond. The hazard rating for the laboratory is determined by looking at all the chemicals, gases and special lab uses in the laboratory and coming up with a rating for each hazard category based on criteria established below.
Please read the rating information in each category, take an inventory of your laboratory and rate each category accordingly. To look up a rating for a particular chemical click on the link at the bottom of the page. If you do not find the chemical listed, a review of the chemicals safety data sheet (SDS) may help you rate the chemical in question.
Keeping Signs Current
Every effort shall be made to keep the information on the 704 diamonds current. The laboratory Principal Investigator (PI) or Group Compliance Liaison shall review his/her hazardous materials and equipment inventory and update the correct data for each room attached to your laboratory profile. EH&S will review the request and change the door sign accordingly.
How to Request Change
Please submit any changes on your laboratory profile on BioRAFT. If you have any questions on how to submit these changes please refer to the following link to the fact sheet, click here. Once you have submitted these changes, a member of EH&S will review and deliver the new sign.
Request Laboratory Door Sign holder
If you need a laboratory door sign holder, log in to myNEU and click on Services and Links to access the Facilities Online Work Request to submit a request to the Sign Shop.
If there are any questions regarding a chemical rating, please either email your question ehs@Northeastern.edu or call the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 617-373-2769.
If you have a new laboratory or are a new Principal Investigator, please contact Office of Environmental Health and Safety ehs@Northeastern.edu or call 617-373-2769